• Author: Anna Knollmann / 2020

    The fake chocolate bar


    (Almost) everyone eats and loves them. It is often described as a small sin for in-between times and yet it is eaten at any time of day. The talk is of course of chocolate. But did you know that until the 19th century people bought chocolate in pharmacies because it was considered a tonic? And what's more, would you have thought that the Fraunhofer IKTS developed a chocolate-coated sensor system in the form of a chocolate bar?

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  • Authors: Anna Knollmann | Susanne Freund / 2019

    Printed electronics – what it is and what it has to offer!


    Functional inks and pastes are a key element for printed electronics. In the future, they will be found in wearables - in clothing or directly on the skin - and will measure the blood sugar level of diabetics, for example. For printed electronics, we select the basic materials including the appropriate organic materials, adjust the properties required for the application, adapt the inks and pastes for the printing process such as inkjet and aerosol printing and manufacture the prototypes. In this way, the most diverse electronic components, assemblies and applications in terms of shape and flexibility can be produced.

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  • Author: Sandra Klinkmann / 2018

    Fishing in the pond – ceramic filter systems for aquafarming


    The smell is reminiscent of vacation, but everybody knows what is produced in the large ponds in Wermsdorf. Fishes are cultivated in aquaculture, mainly carps but also sturgeons, pikes and pikeperches. The fishes are kept appropriate to the species – and this since 1502 when the ponds have been first mentioned in a document. The aquafarming system is not the first of its kind. Already in the 11th century European monks have been cultivating carps which is similar to aquafarming today. Why?...

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  • Author: Susanne Freund / 2018

    Surface finishing and functionalization


    As research and technology service provider the Fraunhofer Institute for Ceramic Technologies and Systems IKTS develops solutions for highly stressed components in mechanical and plant engineering as well as medical, energy and environmental technology. Particular challenge is to reliably apply ceramic materials on other material systems. This long-year know-how is used in various fields of surface finishing and functionalization. Some selected examples are summarized below.

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  • Author: Susanne Freund / 2018

    Ceramic solutions for foundry industry


    Foundry industry has a key role as supplier especially for companies in automotive and plant engineering, aviation industry, shipbuilding or energy technology. The requirements for the production of castings with regard to quality, price structure, reliability and shape variety increase continuously. Fraunhofer IKTS develops advanced ceramic materials which may significantly contribute to satisfy these demands.

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